Thursday, September 24, 2009

Winter 2009-2010 E-Book

Since we received such great input from our readers, we've decided to continue our e-book publishing. We published 2 e-books last year [fall and winter] and we were really happy with how they turned out.

But we also learned that trying to write enough patterns to fill 2 books is hard. So, we are going to make the e-book an annual event, once each winter, with 6-8 patterns in .pdf format. We'll keep you posted on the progress. We're shooting for publication around New Year's, but if we're really productive, we might have it out sooner.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Request for Public Input

It probably seems like Jordynn and I haven't been knitting much lately, but that isn't true at all. We have all /kinds/ of new designs that are finished and even in wardrobe circulation. We just can't decide whether to submit the patterns to magazines (online or print, we don't care) or publish them ourselves on this blog. We've proven we are capable of publishing in magazines [here and here] but to be honest, it's nice to have some control over the pattern, to be able to make revisions as knitters give us feedback, or add modifications if we feel like it (see Dalloway for an example of what I mean). Plus, self-publishing means the pattern is available right away--most magazines have a pretty serious lag-time, sometimes more than a year.

So, what do our dear readers think? Publish our own .pdfs or send patterns off to magazines? Do you think designers need the legitimacy that magazines can give? Is it worth the lag time? Help us decide!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chair Cozies

I flipping love this. Plastic chair cozies.

If I wasn't overwhelmed by the potential yarn cost I'd be on this right now.

[link to article in NYT]